The reason that many quick breads, such as banana bread, sink in the middle after taking them out of the oven is due to several potential factors, such as being undercooked, not having enough leavening, allowing the batter to rest too long before baking, or having too high of a ratio of wet ingredients to dry. Banana bread is a dense quick bread, so a small amount of sinking can be expected, but not so much that a divot develops in the middle.Continue Reading
Even though this type of pastry is known as a quick bread, due to the lack of yeast in the ingredients, there are many things that can go wrong and ruin the bread. Overmixing the batter, for example, will lead to dry bread that looks as if it has numerous tunnels running through it. The wet and dry ingredients should be mixed separately, and then the dry ingredients should be added slowly by folding them in gently with a spatula. The batter may be lumpy, but will not affect the quality.
Other problems that can occur when making quick breads include bread that has a soap-like or bitter taste. This occurs when too much leavening has been added to the mixture. Too much sugar in the recipe will lead to bread that browns much faster than it should and could lead to a burnt surface. A combination of too much fat and leavening, which means baking soda, baking powder or both, will lead to a quick bread with a coarse texture. Ideally, quick breads like banana bread will be soft and tender when eaten.Learn more about Bread
To make a quick and easy loaf of banana bread, mix sugar, butter, eggs, bananas, milk, flour, baking powder, baking soda and spices together. Pour the mixture into a loaf pan and bake it for approximately 1 hour.Full Answer >
Types of quick breads include baking powder biscuits, buttermilk biscuits, onion squares, scones, flatbreads, muffins, popovers, spoon bread, corn cakes, apple bread, banana bread, doughnuts, pancakes, waffles, blinis and fritters. Some people also consider cookies and cakes to be types of quick breads.Full Answer >
The ToastMaster Bread Machine is capable of making a variety of breads such as regular loafs and pizza crust. The ToastMaster is also capable of making basic universal bread machine recipes.Full Answer >
Some of the easiest bread recipes are no-knead breads that use minimal ingredients such as flour, water, instant yeast and salt. Combine 1/4 teaspoon of instant yeast and 1 1/4 teaspoons of salt with three cups of flour in a large bowl, along with 1 5/8 cups of lukewarm water.Full Answer >